2012 February

On February 29th, 2012, DAWN, WU, K8 AT THE 2012 WHITNEY BIENNIAL

…are some of the old friends whose work I am especially jazzed to see at the show this year – just opening tonight – like Dawn Kasper‘s studio relocated to a gallery where she will work, nap, hang-out, receive the public, and generally occupy (who performed two of her “Evil Series” murder enactments at Sundown… read more »

On February 28th, 2012, GREEN SPARKLES AND GREY FELT…

…are two inexplicable piles of fabrics I’ve had sitting around here for years from past projects – and today they become the start of a second braided rug, this one responding to the ‘cave’ lower level of the house – all of greens and greys, of the gunite and poured concrete, stay tuned.

On February 24th, SUCCULENTS ON THE KITCHEN COUNTER…

…were placed as little garden cuttings a few months ago in a 24″ diameter shallow glass disk – one of about fifty which I had designed and made for an event in New York many years ago – full of dirt with out thinking much about it….but today they are all spry and happy with… read more »

On February 23rd, 2012, IN CONVERSATION AT CCA…

…for the Otis College of Art & Design’s Graduate Public Practice convention occupation program called Re/Locating Learning: Public Practices as Art at the College Art Association 100th Annual Conference housed in the very very dreadful Los Angeles Convention Center, a hostile  environment that could pretty much suck the humanity out of even the most earnest… read more »

On February 22nd, 2012, WEEKLY FOOD CART VILLAGE OFF FIGUEROA…

…caught me off guard while doing some L.A. re-entry grocery shopping on the other side of the hill in Highland Park, exiting Figueroa Produce – my new favorite neighborhood market and go-to place when I miss the farmer’s markets – where I came upon a make-shift main street of various food makers, families making themselves… read more »

On February 21st, 2012, 110 NORTH L.A. RE-ENTRY ON AIRPORT BUS…

…is a typical return to town lately, delivering me to Union Station – the highlight of which is the vista of the city and mountains (if you’re lucky) from the top of the massive 105 to 110 interchange which then directs us north to downtown, dramatically framed in the bus window.

On February 20th, 2012, PRINCETON STUDENT COLONY VISITOR CAN ALTAY…

…(who I first met last year while spending some time in his hometown of Istanbul installing Edible Estate #11 at SALT Beyoglu where he actually donated part of his wood sculpture from the opening show to the garden for use as a planter) presented his provisional architectural installations, temporary social settings, urban political inquiries, and… read more »

On February 19th, 2012, THE ABRUZZIAN KITCHEN…

…on display at the the Museum of the People of Abruzzo – and historically found in the farmhouses dotting the local hills – will be of keen interest for the first edition (produced at Pollinaria in the spring) of a new series of projects dealing with the domestic interior.

On February 18th, 2012, LEAPINE APICOLTURA BIOLOGICA…

…is the homemade honey operation of Tulio who we visited this morning – a first possible collaborator in our as yet somewhat undefined but clearer by the day spring project – at his suburban Pescara residence located on the land where his father and grandfather cultivated the land, and raised cows, where he as a… read more »

On February 17th, 2012, PESCARA’S MUSEO DELLA GENTI D’ABRUZZO…

…(the Museum of the People of Abruzzo) which engagingly presents the rich essence of Abruzzian domestic culture, the stories and related materials of how people have survived and created in this region for centuries, where I was especially captivated by the production of quotidian baskets, ricotta, olive oil, wheat, linens, clothing, and bread, made it… read more »

On February 16th, 2012, BUS FROM ROME TO PESCARA…

…took me from Tiburtina station (after landing at Fiumicino – followed by a quick detour to Piramide where I met with friends and collaborators about the upcoming Roma Mangia Roma book from Nero still in the editing process) – through the white mountains to this city on the Adriatic under a fluffy white blanket after weeks… read more »

On February 15th, 2012, ROTTERDAM PORT PONDS FOR TOADS…

…(endangered Natterjack Toads) were created by some sensitive folks from the Port of Rotterdam and the Bureau Stadsnatuur Rotterdam to provide a place for these little creatures to mate in the summer, strangely surrounded by this extreme industrial landscape of one of the largest ports in the world, where we are driving around today gathering… read more »

On February 14th, 2012, CHICKENS AT THE PORT…

…accommodated in a cute little red wood house next to a half buried tiny car in a fenced-in pen surrounded by a vast post-human industrial landscape was a surprising/exciting thing to discover out the door of the Port of Rotterdam offices – where the kitchen ladies are tending them for the eggs, served to the… read more »

On February 13th, 2012, J MORGAN PUETT AT PRINCETON STUDENT COLONY…

…(who runs an amazing place called Mildred’s Lane where I spent a dreamy few days in the summer of 2010) joined us this afternoon in our cozy tent HQ pitched in the center of campus to talk about her work, collaboration, comportment, algorithms, hooshing, and generosity. (website)

On February 12th, MY BARBARIAN’S BROKE PEOPLE’S BAROQUE PEOPLES’ THEATER

…kicked off last night at LA’s Human Resources in Chinatown (where, despite the crowd, I managed to get real Doris Day parking – right at the front door) with an opening for the big exhibition of new work and videos plus an audience participation performance of ‘personification’ where about 15 spectators were pulled up on… read more »

On February 11th, 2012, LUNCHEON ON THE NEW BLUE TABLE…

…(a triangular modular system that can take just about any form you can imagine) in my dome organized by Francois Perrin this afternoon was an intimate kick-off for his upcoming LA-Paris program at the end of the year – events, activities and projects created collaboratively by artists & architects from the two cities – and… read more »

On February 10th, 2012, LANDING IN LA…

…makes me very very happy these days, returning to home and the winter climate that allows me to garden in shorts…and today we are getting the mega-warehouse view as we bank south over downtown.

On February 9th, 2012, DETROIT’S SIGNAL-RETURN PRESS…

…established in 2010 by recent Portland Maine transplant friends whom I first met at Mildred’s Lane just before their momentous move west – is one of the more recent exciting indications of a new Detroit – a beautifully design storefront space that also functions as a place for events and exhibitions, currently featuring the work… read more »

On February 8th, 2012, DETROIT’S POWER HOUSE…

…established in 2006 by extreme urban-adventure-seeking visionary revolutionary activist artist and architect duo Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert, headquartered in a gradually evolving powerhouse laboratory with veggie garden beds flanking a boat sculpture in front of pastel striped siding topped by a new system of passive/active solar roofing – spawned a whole city quarter (as yet… read more »

On February 7th, 2012, DETROIT’S AFRICAN BEAD MUSEUM…

…was the first stop in the first hour of my first day in this really real, amazing/puzzling, invigorating/unnerving, fascinating/shocking, picturesque/grotesque town with a real ‘edge’ as they say, I have heard so much about but never seen (where I am giving a talk tomorrow at Wayne State University and spending some time teaching and doing… read more »